Louisa Collins > Chambers of David Josse KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Josse KC
5 St Andrews Hill
LONDON
EC4V 5BZ
England

Work Department

Louisa Collins is a barrister specialising in extradition, international crime and human rights law. Louisa is ranked in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 for her extradition work.

Position

Louisa is a barrister specialising in extradition, international crime and human rights law.  Louisa has been ranked in Chambers and Partners since 2017 as a leader in the field of extradition at the London Bar. Louisa is recognised for her hard work ethic, her ability to handle complex and sensitive cases and also her approachability.

Louisa is an experienced and established specialist extradition barrister, acting both on behalf of requesting foreign governments and requested persons. She has been practicing in this area of the law since 2008 and has a breadth of experience in numerous complex cases and has a record of success in matters concerning vulnerable individuals. She works tirelessly to obtain the best possible outcomes for her clients and is noted for her approachability and hard work ethic.

‘ Louisa is very approachable and a formidable advocate, well-respected by the judiciary and colleagues alike. ’

The Legal 500 2022.

‘Extremely experienced and a pleasure to work with.’

The Legal 500 2019.

‘Brings tranquillity to high-pressure cases.’

The Legal 500 2020.

Louisa’s practice involves advising and providing representation throughout all stages of the extradition process. She has a busy appellate workload and has made applications to the ECHR and dealt with ancillary proceedings, including judicial review. Louisa also regularly advises individuals and judicial authorities regarding the preparation of extradition requests made to this jurisdiction from other countries.

Recent instructions have involved a number of Part 2 jurisdictions (Moldova, Armenia, USA, India, UAE, Switzerland and Nigeria) and the full spectrum of countries under the EAW system.

Louisa has dealt with numerous extradition requests issued against individuals wanted in the US. She has dealt with both Federal and State requests at first instance and on appeal.

She has represented requested persons facing US requests and also appeared on behalf of the US Government. This means she in in the advantageous position of being familiar with the procedures adopted by the CPS in connection with the US Department of Justice in pursuing an extradition request. This knowledge and experience is invaluable when advising requested persons facing an Interpol Red Notice or extradition request from the USA.

Prior to specialising in extradition, Louisa’s practice was principally in white collar financial crime, which provides her with an insight and understanding in connection with fraud, business crime and related matters in the context of extradition.

Louisa is experienced in raising forum arguments in extradition cases, an argument that features frequently in the context of US matters and has also advised on outgoing (import) extradition requests from the US.

Louisa has experience in challenging INTERPOL Red Notices, has assisted in negotiating prisoner transfer arrangements and has coordinated successful s21B interview requests.

Career

  • Louisa was called to the Bar in 2004.
  • Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel: B Panel.
  • Specialist Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Extradition panel: Level 3.

Memberships

  • Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum.
  • Extradition Lawyers Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Louisa Collins5 St Andrews Hill ‘Louisa is a stalwart of the extradition Bar. A knowledgeable practitioner and a forceful advocate who is well liked by both solicitors and clients.’

5 St Andrews Hill is referred to as ‘extremely strong, especially in extradition‘. Natasha Draycott recently acted for a requested person whose extradition was sought by Australia regarding historic sexual offences. In another extradition case in 2021, Louisa Collins appeared unled in the Administrative Court and successfully overturned an extradition order on behalf of the appellant in the case of Estevez v Court of Mantua, which concerned issues of trials in absentia. Similarly on the defense side, Collins and Ben Keith recently represented the appellants in another extradition case, Tabuncic and Coev v Government of Moldova, the first case in which extradition has been ordered to Moldova under the 2003 Act.